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  •  It MIGHT be easier with the new Congress (1+ / 0-)
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    MJB

    There will be a few more Democrats, and if Boehner remains Speaker he won't have to worry about losing that position -- once the House picks a Speaker I think they're pretty much stuck with him for two years.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:45:25 AM PST

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    •  That is the best option. Wait until January. (6+ / 0-)
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      Glenn45, thomask, howd, Subterranean, zinger99, wlkx

      The Beltway media idiots (see eg today's NYT) are now suggesting that it's up to the president  (!) to solve this mess by finding different Republicans to cave in to, errrr, negotiate with.  

      The NYT article suggests that Obama cave in to, errrr, negotiate with, McConnell, and then twist Reid's arm into getting the Senate to pass McConnell's dream deal, and then hope that Boehner will let it get a vote in the House with a few Republicans and a ton of caving-in Dems voting for it.

      F--- you, Beltway morons.

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      by MJB on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:24:26 AM PST

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      •  Nothing can pass the House until Jan (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe not even then.

        Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

        by coral on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:36:42 AM PST

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      •  Illustrates how MSM weakens the bully pulpit (2+ / 0-)
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        Mistral Wind, wlkx

        Everyone screams at the President to use the "bully pulpit", as if it was a magical tool. The President may address the nation, may do some imterviews etc, but his message is completely diluted by the media.

        In short, the House is controlled by the republicans, they don't give a damn if they create a recession and if they make the middle class suffer ( they feel safe in their red districts) and the President's supposedly "bull pulpit" is
        not that powerful in reality.

        How is he supposed to avoid painful compromises given those conditions?

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